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Old 03-01-2014, 06:00 AM
 
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It just might be that Monongalia County and WVU will partner for construction of a new, state of the art 50 meter acquatic center in addition to the new community recreation center, in a manner similar to the new baseball park, according to statements by Oliver Luck. It would seem the concept is being discussed.

Article - WVU factors into approach on recreation
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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In addition, at one of the county commission hearings for the TIF district at UTC, they (the commission) referenced possibly building a new ice rink up there or out at Mylan Park. A new ice area is sorely needed as is a new aquatic center. I'm also encouraged to hear that WVU wants to get the ball rolling on their projects within a year/year and a half. Our facilities are functional, but not many are aesthetically pleasing at all and are far behind the standard we see across the country. Hopefully that "north of $50 million" bond is well-north of it.
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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Of course you'll see anything and everything proposed. It's a free money bonanza at the UTC.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:25 PM
 
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Nothing is free. There is just a mechanism in place that will allow them to pay for things.

You are going to see efforts to launch other such projects that will follow suit (as they usually do) when those not capable of original thought want to jump on the bandwagon.
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Old 10-29-2015, 08:12 AM
 
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I'll bump this old thread with this: TheDPost.com - Commissioner says recreation announcement coming

Commissioner Bloom drops that the County will make an announcement next week on new recreational facilities, likely including a new 50 meter pool, indoor swimming park, second ice rink, and a rec center. The facilities will be built out at Mylan Park and White Park.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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Gee another forced transfer of tax money to developers to build a community center not even in the community. Is there anything this TIF can't do?
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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What is the point of building these things out of town? Nothing separates the haves from the have-nots like the construction of public facilities that are only easily available by vehicle.
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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First off, depending on the placement of the new facilities, they may not be in the TIF district at all. Mylan Park was outside the original bounds of the district, though am I right in thinking that those were recently expanded? Or did the bond capacity increase? I'm not in town anymore so I haven't been able to follow it as closely. Secondly, everything is being built out there because, well, it can. The land is cheaper, the TIF district certainly helps, and existing facilities at Mylan Park are great complements. And keep in mind that the whole premise of the TIF district was to expand development and opportunities toward the western portion of the county. The approval would have been harder if it was for Morgantown only.

Mind you, that while these facilities are needed and will no doubt be beneficial, I do agree that, overall, this sprawl will ultimately be for the detriment of building a sustainable community.
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